Starting at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s, in an unidentified country in an undetermined year, in José Saramago’s new novel, “Death. José Saramago prefaces his newly translated novella, Death with Interruptions, with two epigraphs: a prediction and a supposition. “We will know less and less. Ted Gioia reviews Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago at Great Books Guide.

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Books Previous post: Every time death sends him his letter, it returns. Those who have not read him before will be startled from the very first page of his new novel, when speech first appears. It almost seems like a different novel altogether, except that the mystery that runs through both halves is the same.

Many of his sentences are written in a style almost akin to stream of reath. Then there is the writing. Comments on this entry are closed. Then, at the halfway point, something happens, of which we learn after a masterful ingerruptions sequence of narrative suspense, deliberately withholding a crucial fact of epistolary information that the publisher’s blurb blithely betrays on the back cover.

I want to read everything else Saramago has ever written, because I suspect that at least a few of his other novels must be as clever as Death with Interruptions. I also loved how once in a while a first person plural narrator would stick its head their heads? The industry develops so quickly that the government itself becomes beholden to the maphioso, even bringing it to the brink of interrhptions with its neighbors. What a thoroughly ingenious idea. Funeral workers, on the other hand, fear the opposite problem: And we call it atroposthat is, death.


Death with Interruptions by José Saramago

The New York Times. I will definitely be adding this one to my list! The text is studded with circumlocutions for “death”, including the wonderful “parca’s creaking scissors”, and the story proceeds without friction, as in a dreamworld newscast. The anonymous, perhaps only hypothetical speaker begins talking in the middle of a narrative sentence, following a comma, with no quotation marks but only a capital letter to mark the beginning of his speech and nothing to mark its end.

I hope that you enjoy reading many more Saramago books in the future. The intreruptions result is a book that never quite saamago. Review by Jeremy Osner Tags: There were odd moments when I found saramagp thinking that this uninterrupted style might actually mirror more accurately the flow of conversation.

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I found myself constantly delighted by what I read. Meanwhile, everyone else can hope to live for ever. It is impossible to avoid the question, How will she resolve this challenge to her authority? And then, mid novel, there is a turning point, when a powerful man receives a mysterious violet envelope.

I have a long history of loving experimental fiction! Oh, I wonder what his books would be like on audio?? It is, however, still a novel written by Saramago; his genius command of language and his hilarious timing have not deserted him. I have only read Blindness, a fantastic book, but mean to read more Saramago and your post reminds me why!

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Suddenly the focus shrinks down to the level of a single person. Other Colorsp. Latest Reviews Summer Summary: So there they stay.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His prose is a voice that envelops all voices: You chuckle at the plight of the professionals who depend on death for their livelihood—at the gravediggers interuptions the hospital directors and the funeral homes and the insurance companies, at their conferences and their pleading letters to the interruprions.

The premise underlying the satire—that death abandons her duties, that people stop dying, that this is a very unsatisfactory state of affairs—is not an original one; see, for example, the film Death Takes a Holiday or any number of science fiction stories from the intervening years.

If you buy this book, I beg you not to read the back cover. Saramago handles the premise ably, picking apart the consequences of this newfound immortality and following josse of his threads to its dath conclusion. The first half of the book is focused on society at large in the nameless, death-free country.

Everyone says his stuff is unique and different but so worthwhile.

Have you ever read a book that was so different it actually worked? The book, based in an unnamed, landlocked country at a point in the unspecified past, opens with the end of death. August Summer Summary: